On the first Sunday of every month our morning services include a simple meal which is known as communion. This is where bread and wine (actually grape juice) are served. They represent the body and the blood of Christ at the time he died on the Cross. You can read more about communion in the Bible in the verses below.
You are welcome to eat the bread and drink the wine – it is up to each individual to decide whether they would like to or or not.
It is not a requirement that you should be a church member and you don't have to be a regular member of the congregation. The minister or person leading the service will explain that the meal is for those who have accepted Jesus as saviour and who wish to acknowledge the part his death played in cleansing us from the wrong things in our lives – to restoring our relationship with God. Therefore anyone is welcome to take part when that is their belief.
We will usually prepare for communion with a reflective song to help us focus our thoughts, and one of the people serving will say a brief prayer of thanks for the bread and wine. The bread will be passed around on plates, and each individual takes a piece of bread and eats it. The wine will then be served in small, individual glasses and once everyone has received a glass we drink together to signify our union in Christ.
The minister or person leading the service will close this part of the service with a reflective prayer of thanks.
Bible verses about communion
1 Corinthians 11:24-27
And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 11:28
Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.